Anthroposophic Nursing (AN) is an expression of Holistic care giving, encompassing the physical and spiritual nature of the human being. Rudolf Steiner, PhD and Ita Wegman, MD collaborated in clinics in Arlesheim, Switzerland in the early 1900s to develop a holistic approach to medicine that would offer healing to the whole Human Being, body, soul and spirit.
Anthroposophic nursing understands the human being to be a free, evolving being which has manifold connections to self, nature, culture and the cosmos on the various levels of body, soul and spirit. Nursing serves to maintain, or where necessary, regain or redevelop these connections. Each human being is the measure of these evolving interactions. During their treatments, the nurses work closely with the elements of warmth, rhythm, and conscious awareness. This is of key importance in supporting and nurturing the patients own life giving healing forces.
Nurses interested in AN have the opportunity to expand and deepen their nursing impulse in the art of healing and their own inner development through continuing education offered by NAANA. AN practice includes external applications of therapeutic substances through teas, footbaths, compresses, embrocations (Einreibung) and hydrotherapy. NAANA is affiliated with the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) at the Medical Section of the School for Spiritual Science, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.
According to the International Association the special characteristics of Anthroposophic Nursing are:
Commitment by nursing staff to ongoing professional and personal development.
NAANA MISSION STATEMENT: The North American Association for Anthroposophic Nurses (NAANA) strives to uphold and cultivate the Anthroposophic medical and nursing practices indicated by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman. It will work to further enhance the quality of care giving and to develop and support the community of Anthroposophic nurses through peer support, education, research, and collective collaboration.
VISION STATEMENT: The art of Anthroposophic Nursing will contribute to the healing of the human being, in light of Anthroposophy, while becoming integrated within the medical systems of today. It’s principles and gestures will serve the individual development of nurses and care givers in North America and around the world.